Florida residents should be aware that there are various causes of car crashes, most of them involving human error or negligence. One of the most common causes is distracted driving. This covers not just calling, texting or using a navigation system behind the wheel but also talking with passengers, eating, drinking and applying makeup.
Another common factor is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can also impair judgment and reaction times, raising the risk for an accident. Some accidents are caused by drivers who have medical episodes like seizures and heart attacks. If people feel unwell or forgot their glasses, they should think twice about heading out to drive.
Drivers traveling in another state should know what the rules are there, especially regarding actions like right turns on red. Being lost can be another factor in crashes. Driving in bad weather is an all too common cause of accidents, but those who are involved in a single-car crash will be held responsible no matter what the weather was like. Animals may also dart out from the side of the road, causing a crash.
Failure to maintain the vehicle can result in serious issues like bald tires or bad brakes. Other times, automakers rather than drivers may be to blame for a crash because of defective parts. Mechanical failure may be out of the driver’s control.
A drowsy, drunk, speeding or distracted driver may be held liable for any injuries and property damage that he or she caused. It is up to the victims whether they want to pursue a claim against that driver’s auto insurance company. This is where they may want to get a case evaluation from a lawyer. The lawyer might hire investigators and other experts to gather proof of negligence, and the lawyer may be able to negotiate for a settlement out of court.